“Gravity” bursts October Box Office record — $55 million

Thursday night was decent, Friday was good and Saturday ticket sales for the weighty sci-fi “Gravity” put the film on a course to set a new opening weekend record for October.

Did you see it? In IMAX and 3D? If so, you contributed to a staggering $55 million opening for Sandra Bullock’s latest hit. The Cuarons, father Alfonso and his screenwriting son (buy the kid a credit, whydoncha?) had a little to do with it, too.

“Runner Runner” hit $7.6 million, not even enough to come in second for the weekend. A Ben Affleck bomb.

“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” held much of its opening weekend audience, “Rush” and “Prisoners” continue to hold onto audience, “Blue Jasmine” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” linger in the top 20 — maybe long enough for awards consideration.
And a Christian music film, “Grace Unplugged,” looks to better “Metallica Through the Never” — in a week or two.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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